Idendego, Inc. Executive Alena Pastuch Discusses the Increasing Security Threats to Smartphone Users

Press Release   •   Feb 02, 2010 19:20 EST

Regina, SK - Smartphones allow users to store photos, access e-mails, receive text messages, and put them one browser click away from potentially malicious Web sites. Just like with computer users, Smartphone users are vulnerable to e-mail and Web-based fraud like phishing and other malicious efforts. All attackers have to do is create a malicious Web page and lure someone to visit the site where malware can then be downloaded onto the mobile device. People should avoid clicking on links in e-mails and text messages on their mobile device.

"If you must store sensitive information on it, use a password on the phone and encrypt the data. Devices can be configured so that they ask for a password every time e-mail or a VPN is accessed. Use a strong enough password that a stranger can't guess it. And back up your data frequently", suggests Idendego CEO Alena Pastuch.

Smart phones are now supporting unlicensed wireless technologies that can be hacked. Most have Bluetooth, a technology used to connect devices to accessories like headsets or speakers, many also support Wi-Fi, which connects users to the Internet. Several Bluetooth viruses have already been identified. Threats against newer gadgets and devices rose this year. The volume of mobile-device malicious software has been rising rapidly, with 83 different viruses emerging within just a 14-month period. But like the security issues that emerged during the PC and Internet revolutions, security concerns attached to the growing popularity of these new connected devices will likely surface. And just like in the PC market, when there is mass adoption in the consumer market, we're likely to see more security threats.

Mobile viruses, worms and Trojans typically arrive via e-mail but can also spread via SMS and other means. Mobile phone users should be diligent in installing security software and other updates for their devices. There are more than 300 viruses targeting mobiles and smart phones, but around 400,000 such threats targeting PCs. If you are doing something sensitive on your phone, like checking a bank account or making a payment, don't use the free Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or other access point. Use your password-protected Wi-Fi at home or the cellular network to avoid having your personal information intercepted. In general, disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth unless you absolutely need to use them.

About Idendego Inc.

Idendego Inc. is committed to the development and marketing of state-of-the-art digital ID protection software for personal and business applications, including mobile phone programs designed to keep track of children and business software designed to protect against online ID theft. Headed up by CEO Alena Marie Pastuch, Idendego is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.